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November 28, 1908

THE PUBLIC SERVICE OF PROFESSIONS.

JAMA. 1908;LI(22):1875-1876. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540220047011
Abstract

The keynote of an admirable paper by M. L. Cooke2 is found in Professor Hadley's address on the "Professional Ideals of the Twentieth Century," in which it is stated that "a man ought to have a clear conception of the public service on which his profession is based... a clear conception of the public service which his profession can render and the public duties which its members owe." It is as true of medicine as it is of engineering that (mutatis mutandis) there are "three parties interested, viz.: the engineer, his employer and the public." It is also as true of physicians (at least until very recent times) as of engineers "that the chief service rendered to the public by the... profession has been one rendered indirectly by serving well the second party interested—the employer." Mr. Cooke refers to the work already accomplished by the American Medical Association toward

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